The timeline for a renewable agriculture installation can vary due to the size and scope of the project, but most projects fall within a 3-6 month timeline.
1. First, you will want to sign up for a free energy assessment. One of our expert solar consultants will visit your operation and help you determine whether solar is a viable option for your farm. This assessment includes a calculation of your current energy usage and an evaluation of your recent energy bills. We will present options you have in terms of locations, amount of solar panels, and answer any questions you might have.
2. Next, we provide you a written quote. We review your quote, and establish a date to begin installation. To schedule your install date, we will find a time that works best for you and your operation. This date will also take into account enough lead time for the necessary approvals. With all these details in place, we will sign a contract agreement and begin the project.
3. The next step is working through the engineering, permits and utility agreements. This process, which can take 2-5 months, requires experience and knowledge to navigate through all the steps required; our team is skilled at obtaining all the necessary approvals for your project. We will take care of all the paperwork, making sure you get the right agreements, permits, and rebates for your farm. After the engineering and permits are approved, the final bill of materials is prepared for equipment order.
4. Applying for a USDA grant or loan can add several months to a project’s timeline for approval, but it can be well worth it. Thanks to the REAP program by the USDA, small farmers can save up to an additional 25% off the total cost of a solar system, even after your tax credits and other incentives!
5. The final step is installation. Depending on the size and complexity of the installation, this can take from several days to several weeks. And, since we guarantee both our workmanship and the output of your system, the project won’t be finished until you are satisfied with the results.
After installation, Solarcon isn’t done until the final utility inspection. This interconnection is pivotal and marks the final step of solar installation.
Geothermal installation is similar steps to solar with one major difference. Solarcon can install solar panels about any day of the year. Geothermal is weather dependent.
Otherwise, we know how to (and when to) use geothermal as an renewable energy source.
- Our team evaluates your operation and land for the viability of geothermal.
- Then we review a written quote. This is based on our knowledge and experience of years of geothermal work.
- Solarcon then proceeds with engineering, permits and utility agreements. Once this step is complete, we have a firm budget to provide and proceed with.
- Installation is then scheduled. This step is weather dependent but as experts we know the best times to drill.